Late summer/early autumn in Pavilion Gardens

Photo:Royal Pavilion gardens

Royal Pavilion gardens

Photo by Maureen Brand

Plant spotting in the flowerbeds, No 4 of 4

This is the last page in a series about which plants can be seen in the Pavilion Gardens at different times of the year. During the late summer and early autumn you should look out for:

  • Strawberry trees (arbutus unedo) with both flowers and fruit
  • Hydrangeas (hydrangeas quercifolia, hydrangeas arborescens and hydrangeas 'Joseph Banks')
  • Fuchsia (fuchsia magellanica)
  • Tree hollyhock (hibiscus syriacus)
  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Herbaceous plants include:
  • Rudbeckias
  • Golden rod (solidago canadensis)
  • Bears breeches (acanthus spinosus)
  • Sunflowers (helenium autumnale)
  • Chrysanthemums
  • China asters
  • Michaelmas daisies

The hollyhock spires complement the minarets on the Pavilion's roof and the tiger-lilies provide an exotic foreground.

Many of these plants will flower until the first severe winter frosts, when visitors can still enjoy a promenade through the gardens to see the colour in:

  • Hollies
  • Pyracantha
  • Snowberries and coral berries (symphoricarpos)
  • Red dogwood stems (cornus)
  • Spiky yuccas and phormiums
  • Silver birch
  • Winter flowering heathers (erica carnea)
  • Laurustinus (viburnum tinus).

Enjoy the Pavilion Gardens!

[Information from: 'Set for a King: 200 years of gardening at the Royal Pavilion', by Mike Jones, Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries, 2005; previously published in the 'North Laine Runner', No 181, July/August 2006]

This page was added on 29/11/2008.

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